Not guilty plea entered | West Monroe man accused of strangling wife

WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Update: Thu 5:42 PM, Jan 11, 2018

Robert Beryl Richardson entered a plea of not guilty in court during his arraignment. That's according to District Attorney Steve Tew.

Original Story: Thu 1:00 PM, Jan 11, 2018

The case of a West Monroe man charged with violently attacking his wife by strangling her multiple times goes before a judge Thursday.

Robert Beryl Richardson faces a charge of Domestic Abuse Battery - Strangulation. The alleged attack happened on April 5, 2017, at a home on Lost Lakes Dr. in West Monroe.

Arraignment is scheduled for Thursday at 1:30 PM. Richardson has been charged in accordance with Louisiana Law RS 14:35.3. The following is an account of what Richardson is alleged to have done, according to court documents obtained by KNOE.

While the attack allegedly happened in April, Ouachita Parish Sheriff's deputies were not called out to investigate the matter immediately. Instead, they were called in October after someone saw photos of injuries the victim had posted on social media.

Deputies found the woman and say she indicated that the photos were from April 2017 and the reason she did not report the attack back then was because she fears retaliation by Richardson or someone close to him.

In the documents we found, Richardson's wife says she was laying on a couch in their pool house when, out of nowhere, he suddenly jumped on top of her, pressed his knees into her chest and squeezed her throat with both hands so hard that she passed out.

She says she regained consciousness across the room, apparently having been moved while she was passed out. But she says Richardson immediately attacked her again and started strangling her for a second time. She told investigators that Richardson then grabbed her by the hair and dragged her back across the room to the couch. She told deputies that she thought Richardson was going to finish her off.

But he didn't, she says. According to the documents, while back on the couch, Richardson's wife realized she could not see because of an unknown substance in her eyes. In fear for her life, she quickly managed to find her phone and called a friend for help. While on the phone, Richardson was allegedly telling the victim that he was going to put a bullet between her eyes, according to the friend.

The document then indicates that the friend arrived within minutes. At the same time, the suspect was on his way out and he was carrying several guns. Hurrying inside, the friend found Richardson's wife. Her face was covered in blood because the blood vessels in her eyes had burst, which happens in cases of extreme strangulation, according to medical professionals.

With the suspect gone, the friend urged the bloodied woman to call law enforcement. But the woman refused, indicating that she feared what the suspect would do to her if she reported the attack.

We will have more on this case later this afternoon, after Richardson's scheduled court hearing.

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